Ranking the Discography: Yes Part II: Time and a Word (1970)

Time and a Word was the last album to feature Peter Banks, as he was fired by the band due to increased tension because he was against adding an orchestra. (He was replaced by Steve Howe during the tour, and Howe is on the cover despite not being involved in recording). It was produced by. Tony Colton. It reached #45 on the UK charts.


Jon Anderson: lead vocals, percussion

Peter Banks: guitar, backing vocals

Chris Squire: bass, backing vocals

Tony Kaye: organ, piano

Bill Bruford: drums, percussion

The Tracks:

  1. “No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed”: The opener starts with a lush orchestral theme taken from The Big Country, and is one of two covers. It feels chaotic at the start.
  2. “Then”: Bruford does some great drumming on this.
  3. “Everydays”: This is a Stephen Stills cover, and features some good orchestra work.
  4. “Sweet Dreams”: One of the best songs on the album, with some good. bass work. This is one of two songs featuring additional vocals from David Foster.
  5. “The Prophet”: This song borrows from Gustav Holst’s The Planets suite, and sounds nice.
  6. “Clear Days”: This one is okay.
  7. “Astral Traveller”: Another one of my favorite songs, with some cool instrumentation.
  8. “Time and a Word”: Not a bad closer, this has good percussion and guitar.

Final Verdict: This is slightly better than its predecessor, but it’s still not there yet.

Grade: C


Ranking the Discography: Yes Part 1: Yes (self-titled) (1969)

Yes is one of my favorite rock bands. I’ve been wanting to do this for years. The band has gone through several roster changes, with a total of 19 members. The band was originally going to be called Life, but Peter Banks suggested the name Yes.

In 1968, the original lineup recorded their debut album, after securing a deal with Ahmet Ertegun of Atlantic Records.


Jon Anderson: vocals

Peter Banks: guitar, backing vocals

Chris Squire: bass, backing vocals

Tony Kaye: organ, piano

Bill Bruford: drums, vibraphone

The Tracks:

  1. “Beyond and Before”: This song was written by Squire and Clive Bailey they were part of Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, the precursor to Yes. It has some good harmonies and guitar work.
  2. “I See You”: This is one of two covers, a song originally recorded by The Byrds. I prefer the original version.
  3. “Yesterday and Today”: This feels too short for a Yes song.
  4. “Looking Around”: One of the best songs. This has a good bass line and drums.
  5. “Harold Land”: This song is named after a saxophonist. It’s not bad.
  6. “Every Little Thing”: Sorry guys, but you’re not The Beatles. This is a terrible cover.
  7. “Sweetness”: Another excellent song. Squire and Banks shine here.
  8. “Survival”: This feels like a poor choice for a closer.

Final Verdict: There is potential here, but it’s not great. This isn’t the Yes that would become legendary.

Grade: C

Ranking the Discography: Metallica

Now that I’ve finished with Metallica, it’s time for the next band, which will be Yes. But before I start that, let’s summarize my rankings.

11. Reload: Starting at the bottom with Reload. I wish I could tie it with the next one, but I can’t. This album is pure garbage. Even the “good” songs are garbage. Next.

10. Load is pretty much the same as Reload. I’m all for changing your image and sound. But don’t sacrifice your talent too.

9. Lulu is a train wreck. Maybe if they’d had a better producer, it might’ve worked.

8. St. Anger was an album I dreaded because of its reputation. I came away thinking it was bad, but slightly more tolerable than Load and Reload combined.

7. Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, Metallica’s most recent album, is very bloated, but also very good. It’s been a very long time since this came out, but I eagerly await the next one.

6. Death Magnetic, the first album to feature current bassist Robert Trujillo. Of the 3 bassists, he seems like the best. This is Metallica doing what they do best.

5. Master of Puppets was Metallica’s first album not to feature a mix of songs recorded with and without Megadeth’s founder Dave Mustaine. I feel it’s a tad overjoyed, but enjoyable nevertheless.

4. Kill ‘Em All: Maybe I’d like this album more if the band was more honest about how much they ripped off from Mustaine.

3. Ride the Lightning: While this does have more original material than its predecessor, it’s still tainted by what they ripped off from Mustaine.

2. “Black Album”: Time has been much kinder to this album than when the fans first heard it . I really don’t think Jason was a bad bassist at all. This album proves you can change your band’s sound without sacrificing talent. You don’t have to follow a trend.

1. …And Justice For All: I strongly suggest listening to unofficial versions of this album over the official. This album may be a transition before the Blackness, but it’s a solid masterpiece. I really had a hard time picking between this one and the Black Album, to be honest. I’m certain that if you caught me on a different day, I’d probably switch around my top 3.

Bottom line: Metallica has a good discography, even with the clunkers at the bottom. I will eventually give Megadeth some spotlight, in order to settle that rivalry. But for now, I’ll do a band I’ve put off for too long.

Next up: Yes!

Ranking the Discography: Metallica Part X: Hardwired…to Self-Destruct (2016)

Hardwired…to Self-Destruct marked the launch of Metallica’s own record label, Blackened Recordings. It’s their only doublealbum to date, unless you count Lulu. The album released 5 singles, and was their 6th consecutive album to debut at #1, and is certified Platinum.


James Hetfield: vocals, guitar

Kirk Hammett: guitar

Robert Trujillo: bass

Lars Ulrich: drums

The Tracks:

  1. “Hardwired”: What a way to start! Lars’ drumming is explosive!
  2. “Atlas, Rise!”: The single release of this song came with a mask because it was released around Halloween. The guitars are fierce.
  3. “Now That We’re Dead”: I’m not a fan of this song, but the rhythm is cool.
  4. “Moth Into Flame: There’s an actual solo on this! The bass line is good.
  5. “Dream No More”: Not bad, but a little repetitive.
  6. “Halo On Fire”: The song is a little too long, but I like it. On to disc 2!
  7. “Confusion”: Not a good start for the second disc. I’m beginning to think the album is a bit overloaded.
  8. “ManUNkind”: We’re back on the good side. Some solid drumming on this one.
  9. “Here Comes Revenge”: Another one of my favorite songs. Just some incredible thrashing.
  10. “Am I Savage?”: Another solid banger! The guitars are pretty cool.
  11. “Murder One”: This feels like it would’ve fit in on one of their older albums. It’s great!
  12. “Spit Out the Bone”: This is my favorite single on the album, and an excellent closer.

Final Verdict: My friends hyped this album a lot, so I was intrigued. While I think the album could have worked better as a single album, it’s lived up to the hype.

Grade: B